The China History Podcast
Daoism - Part 1
In this week's episode Laszlo tackles Daoism, a philosophy, a religion and way of life that everyone has heard about but not everyone learned the backstory. This time we look at the history and the times that spawned this most fertile of philosophies. In later episodes we’ll dig a little deeper and look more at the religion and the philosophy.
Scientific American Podcast
Nobel Laureate Peter Agre: From Aquaporins to Lutefisk
Peter Agre, 2003 Chemistry Nobel laureate for his work on aquaporins, the proteins that allow water into and out of cells, talks about his research, his upbringing and why he almost ran for the Senate, in a conversation recorded at the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Lindau, Germany
Privacy & Parenting by Mobile Phone
Why do we feel it so keenly when our privacy gets invaded? Christena Nippert-Eng talks about her new study of secrets and their betrayal. Also, Mirca Madianou on migrant Fillipina workers parenting their children by mobile phone.
A Short History of Japan
You Bloody Ingrates; The Onin War and Revolting Peasants
The Ashikaga Shogunate stumbled and staggered through the 1400s. The Onin War (1466-1477)exemplifies so many of the changes, both positive and negative, that Japan went through. The provinces saw a rise in local military independence, the peasants’ life improved dramatically and the seemingly apathetic Shogun Yoshimasa wrote poetry as the capital burnt to the ground in an orgy of drunken violence.